THE HEATHEN IL-KHANS OF PERSIA
Brother David has arrived at our Court and presented letters sent through
your envoys to the Holy Father and other Christian Kings. We note in them
the love you bear to the Christian faith, and the resolution you have taken to
relieve the Christians and the Holy Land from the enemies of Christianity.
We pray Your Magnificence to carry out this holy project. We cannot at this
time send you any certain news about the time of our arrival in the Holy
Land, and of the march of the Christians, since at this moment nothing has
been settled by the Sovereign Pontiff.—Answer of Edward I. of England to
Abaga, dated ^6th January 1274 (? I275)-
Abaga^.K. 663-680 (1265-1281).—Abaga Khan,1 the
eldest son of Hulagu, was elected to succeed his father
with ceremonies similar to those observed in the case of
the Khakan, but he did not assume the full state of
royalty until his election had received confirmation from
Khubilay. One of his earliest acts was to marry a natural
daughter of the Emperor Michael Paleologus, by name
Mary, who, despatched as a bride to Hulagu, after hear-
ing of his death continued her journey to the Mongol
1 To make the relationship between the various Il-Khans clear, I append a table
taken from The Mohamedan Dynasties.
IT. Abaga. Tera 1
\ \ VI. Ba IV. Arghun. V. Gaykhatu.
T />!__ ___ TTTTT TTIl-Jj... A I^T ___ ~ A
VII. Ghazan, VIII. Uljaitu. Alafrang.
IX. Abu Said. Satf Beg. Jahan-Timur. Musa.
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